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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – St. Louis is home to one of the leading researchers of Autism.

Dr. John Constantino studies the visual interactions between toddlers, their version of social cues, to figure out where in the brain they occur in an attempt to find better treatments and eventually a cure for Autism.

Dr. Constanio said they have made great strides in Autism research, but for families with an Autistic child or sibling, the research is never fast enough.
Ray G’Sell, John Houston, and Michael Wingbermuehle are cousins, they all have Autism and are a part of one of Dr. Constantino’s studies. Their mothers are sisters. Dr. Constantino is trying to find out whether Ray, John, and Micheal’s sisters carry a susceptibility for Autism that their future sons may end up with.

“We have to get our mind around what is the magnitude of that risk and how can we i.d. families where those risks are apparent in the second generation and deliver intervention to those babies as soon as possible,” said Dr. Constantino.

Watch the video to see how local families are taking part in the groundbreaking research.

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